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Rakti: a six-time Group 1 winner and champion

Polish Precedent-Ragera (Rainbow Quest)

In 26 racecourse starts Rakti finished out of the first four on just seven occasions. He ran in 19 stakes races, 17 of which were Group 1s. He finished in the frame in all bar five of that 19, winning eight of them, with six victories being at Group 1 level. He did not run out of Group 1 company after the November of his three-yeart-old career.

At five he shared Word Champion Miling honours, and at six was crowned the joint champion European miler.

Those glittering achievements were the culmination of a long journey for Rakti that did not seem an obvious conclusion after a juvenile year which resulted in two minor successes in Italy when trained by Bruno Grizzetti.

At three, however, the son of Polish Precedent quickly revealed that he was capable of much better, as after winning his first two starts, he took the Derby Italiano by a length from the Aidan O'Brien-trained Ballingarry.

After that first venture into Group 1 company, he did not meet top level opposition again until November when he finished down the field in the Premio Roma-SIS.

Transferred then to England and into the care of trainer Michael Jarvis, he reappeared at four back on home turf in the Premio Presidente Della Repubblica, a race he won by a neck under jockey Philip Robinson.

Next time out, a first run in England, resulted in a second at Royal Ascot in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes behind Nayef before a run at Newmarket in October when he took the Champion Stakes, despite running a too free early on. Sent to Hong Kong in December he finished second to Falbrav in the Hong Kong Cup. 

Reappearing as a five-year-old, he managed to go one place better in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes before a combination of soft ground and an unwillingness to settle - his tendencyto become too headstrong getting the better of him - saw him beaten in the Eclipse. After another down-the-field run in the Irish Champion Stakes, he was dropped back to a mile and fitted with a cross-noseband. The plan worked the oracle in the Queen Elizabeth II where he beat Lucky Story and Refuse To Bend.

As a six-year-old he came out firing and encountering optimum conditions in the Lockinge - fast ground and a straight mile - he turned in what is described in the post-race analysis as an "imperious performance", beating Mac Love and Hurricane Alan by five lengths in a track record time.

That was to be a last Group 1 victory as his temperament got the better of him in the Queen Anne run at York, a racegoer reportedly clicked at him causing him to fly-leap going to the start, he was sweaty and on edge in the parade ring before the Queen Elizabeth II, while the ground went against him in the Champion Stakes.

Retirement plans were announced in the July of that year with Huma Park Stud claiming his services, and after a poor display at Sha Tin in December, he was syndicated to stud in Ireland to stand at an opening fee of E12,000.

He covered 81 mares in that first year, three-quarters of which were winners, six at stakes level. After the sale of Huma Park in October 2006, he was transferred, along with last year's leading first-crop sire Elusive City, to stand at the Irish National Stud. 

He has had one winner from five runners, the Richard Fahey-trained Maidtorun who was bought by Gill Richardson at Tattersalls December for 11,000gns.

What they say
"Nice, well-grown correct types who are both good movers. They are for the second half of the year, but both are going nicely now. They both have perfect temperaments."
Michael Jarvis, trainer of Bhakti, a bay gelding out of Royal Bossi (Spectrum), and an unnamed bay colt out of Plutonia (Sadler's Wells)





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